State Senator William A. Jeffreys, served from 1844-1845 and died from the ravages of typhoid fever on October 3, 1845. He was buried in tomb that was carved into a huge granite boulder. According to legend, Jeffreys had a great fear of being buried in the ground. Jeffreys' son had his father's body placed in a vault above ground while his unusual tomb was prepared. Once a vault had been carved out of the granite boulder and the body placed inside, the opening was sealed with a marble slab. The tomb can be found on US 401, approximately 19 miles north of Raleigh, where the state has erected an historical marker with the heading \"Unique Tomb.\"